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IoE Number: 312304
Location: CHUTE LODGE,
  CHUTE FOREST, KENNET, WILTSHIRE
Photographer: Mr John Rendle
Date Photographed: 07 July 2003
Date listed: 13 June 1988
Date of last amendment: 13 June 1988
Grade I

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CHUTE FOREST-SU 35 SW10/96Chute LodgeI

CHUTE FOREST - SU 35 SW 10/96 Chute Lodge I Country house, now 2 flats. 1768 by Sir Robert Taylor, for John Freeman of East India Company. Red brick in header bond, faced with stone rustication to basement storey. Piano nobile and attic floors. Slate roof. Symmetrical plan and elevations, with entrance front to north, garden front to south. Stair under central rotunda with main reception rooms central to each side. Entrance front of 5 bays, the centre 3 broken forward and pedimented. Flanking stairs to terrace raised over 3 arches with groined vaults, and balustrade (lower flights missing). Piano nobile has 3 shallow arches with continuous stone cornice and moulded stone architraves. Pair of doors to central opening, and flanking 12-paned sashes. Six-paned sashes to upper floor. Wide timber pediment with paired modillions and roundel to attics. Bays 1 and 5 have later eaves balustrade, and added small windows in bay 1. Garden elevation has central 3 bays canted for full height, the main windows having architraves with alternating vermiculated rusticated quoins in Gibbs manner, and rounded heads. Flat aprons below. Pair of doors to basement level with emphasised rusticated voussoirs. Paired modillion eaves. Three early C20 tripartite dormers, sashed, with centre light arched. Symmetrical stacks. Side elevations similar, but canted central section to basement and piano nobile only, the roof hipped. Symmetrical north front provides extra bay on return. Service wing. on east, added or rebuilt late Cl9 with return end added early C20, all in similar construction but without window dressings. Twelve and 16-pane sashes. Two storeys. Roof hipped. Interior: Not accessible at time of inspection. Entrance hall leads to-oval flying stair. Library, central to west front, has segmental headed apse with stucco decoration. Much other delicate stucco work. Building is said to be on the site of an Elizabethan house destroyed by fire. Drawings, sold c1978, for the house are signed by Taylor, establishing authorship. (Binney, M., 'The Villas of Sir Robert Taylor', Country Life, 13th July 1967, 81-2; The Biography of Sir Robert Taylor, 1984)

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